A glorious early summer day in Purbeck gave us a reminder of how lucky we are to enjoy some of the most spectacular coastline and landscape in the country – and some quality local food as well!
We joined friends to celebrate one of their birthday’s at the Scott Arms in Kingston. Kingston is a pretty village between Corfe Castle and Swanage and commands great views back across the castle and towards Poole Harbour. It’s a big pub that sprawls through different rooms and has a terrific beer garden with all the best views.
With the sun shining we walked the coastal route past St Anselm’s Head and then up to Kingston. As usual I underestimated the time needed to make it to the pub by 1pm as planned – and so arrived at 2pm with our friends part way through their main course (so fewer photos of the food here than planned!).
In any event, after a refreshing pint of Jurassic Ale from a decent selection of local beers Sarah and I had a well earned lunch. The Scott Arms has a regular pub menu supplemented with a specials board, and in the garden, a Jerk Shack BBQ celebrating Caribbean flavours. The BBQ featured at the Swanage Fish Festival last year with deeply spiced king prawns which were finger lickin’ good – for the birthday celebration though we were inside and ordering off the pub menu.
Sarah had the Portland crab pappardelle with dressed watercress – this was a rich, generous portion of soothing pasta with plenty of crab providing a taste of the sea. I was certainly happy to help finish off the bowl – wouldn’t have done to have left any!
While the other specials, particularly the local mackerel and the lamb koftas (enjoyed by a few others on our table), looked good my post walk slightly aching limbs demanded an old fashioned burger and chips. This was a hefty, juicy burger, topped with coastal cheddar and a sweet, sticky onion marmalade alongside well fried homecut chips. Perfect.
Having moved on from Jurassic Ale to a good, organic Malbec that the rest of the table were enjoying, I shared a full cheese board to finish and Sarah had the boozy chocolate orange pot. The chocolate pot was more chocolate than booze or orange – notwithstanding that, there wasn’t a trace of the chocolate mousse left on the glass! The coastal cheddar made a welcome comeback on the cheeseboard with a piquant Blue Vinny and a couple of local soft cheeses that too much Malbec has caused me to forget the names of. I’m not sure how many bottles we had on the table but we managed to drink the cellar dry of Malbec and moved on to a lovely Rioja.
On a sunny day the Scott Arms takes some beating for a view – with a good kitchen this is definitely a place to visit and hopefully they’ve restocked the Malbec!
The Scott Arms